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We’ve got the robot design specifics
IMG_3821.JPGYesterday, after many days of experimentation, we finally narrowed down the features that we want for our robot.  Our coach helped us build a prototype for an idea, and we’ve been testing it.  Considering the four robots that we have built with the NXT kits, we have a pretty clear picture of what we want our robot to do; now all we have to do is build and program.  

Our list is split into two parts, necessary and optional.  The items on the necessary list are things we have proven to work the best or that we need.  The items on optional are things we believe would make our robot work better, but we haven’t proven or tested it yet.  Here is the list that we have come up with:

Necessary
  • The robot’s weight must be evenly dispersed between the right and the left side
  • We must have the least amount of friction on the front wheels
  • Most of the weight should be born by the back wheels
  • The NXT should be at a slight angle to make it easier to see the screen
  • The arm should be strong enough to bear the weight of the magnet and bar
  • The robot should be tall enough to reach the table with ease
  • The robot should be thin enough to fit in between the bone and the magnet
  • Our robot should have plenty of room for attachments
  • Our robot should have the least amount (If any) of attachable or detachable pieces

Optional
  • The arm can swivel around to do missions on all sides
  • Sensors?

We are very excited to finally have a clearer view on what our robot needs to accomplish and how we will accomplish it.  Today we plan to use our second NXT kit to build an experimental robot that will fit these limits.  

Posted by Wendy at 12:16:00 PM on 10/19/2006

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

We’ve got the robot design specifics

IMG_3821.JPGYesterday, after many days of experimentation, we finally narrowed down the features that we want for our robot.  Our coach helped us build a prototype for an idea, and we’ve been testing it.  Considering the four robots that we have built with the NXT kits, we have a pretty clear picture of what we want our robot to do; now all we have to do is build and program.  

Our list is split into two parts, necessary and optional.  The items on the necessary list are things we have proven to work the best or that we need.  The items on optional are things we believe would make our robot work better, but we haven’t proven or tested it yet.  Here is the list that we have come up with:

Necessary

Optional

We are very excited to finally have a clearer view on what our robot needs to accomplish and how we will accomplish it.  Today we plan to use our second NXT kit to build an experimental robot that will fit these limits.  

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